Richmond Canoe Club is a flat-water racing kayaking and canoeing club. We train 52 weeks of the year, in all weathers, and there are races of some description at least once every month through the year.
All paddlers are expected and encouraged to race regularly. Marathon races take place in 9 divisions, ranging from beginner-level to international standard, so every paddler can find an appropriate level of competition. Taking part in races is not only great fun, but essential for paddlers if they are to improve boat skills.
Regular paddling at Richmond takes the form of participation in training groups (all year round, primarily on Saturdays, and on other days too as you improve) and the regular Club time trials (4.5k on Monday evenings and 10k on Wednesday evenings April to September.) Kayak racing not only requires skill and technique, but also good all-round fitness. In order to advance through the racing divisions we encourage paddlers to expand their training to include running, core-strengthening gym exercises and kayak ergo.
Previous experience and high levels of fitness are not required when novices join Richmond Canoe Club. Enthusiasm and commitment to paddling, and to the club, conquers all. To progress in racing you should plan to commit to at least two sessions a week of paddling, plus land-based training.
We all know that life can be demanding, being stretched in different directions, but if you are willing to commit regular time to Richmond Canoe Club, we will help you improve your fitness and strength, teach you the art of kayaking, incorporate you into the wonderful social side of RCC and take you to some of the most rewarding and exhilarating events of you life – sprint and marathon kayak races!
To start paddling and racing at Richmond Canoe Club
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Dates for our next course are given below
September course dates & times:
Saturday 31st August, 1.30 – 4pm, water session
Saturday 7th September, 1.30 – 4pm, water session
Tuesday 10th September, 7 – 8.30pm, indoor technique session
Saturday 14th September, 11.30am – 1.30pm, water session (earlier due to the Great River Race)
Tuesday 17th September, 7 – 8.30pm, indoor technique session
Saturday 21st September, 1.30 – 4pm, water session
Booking for this course will open on Sunday 18th August. To book a place on this course please go to https://webcollect.org.uk/rich
You should aim to make all sessions of the course, to get maximum benefit and to make that you have reached the standard of paddling needed to join the club at the end of the course (this isn’t about being super fit, but about being safe on the water.) If you can’t attend either of the first two Saturdays, or would miss more than one water session, please do not sign up to this course, but come on one of our later courses, as otherwise you will miss essential safety elements.
We ask that anyone interested in coming on one of our courses first comes down to the club to speak to one of our coaches and find out what racing kayaking is all about. You can come down any Saturday at 4.30pm, when we’ll have got off the water from our novice sessions so you can talk to our coaches and also chat people who are currently on one of our courses or have recently graduated and joined the club. You’re welcome to come down to the club at other times of the week, but we can’t guarantee that there’ll be a coach to talk to.
The course is an introduction to racing kayaking. If you are more interested in recreational paddling, or in specific disciplines such as white water or sea kayaking, we suggest you look on the Canoe England website www.canoe-england.org.uk/ findaclub.aspx, where you can find details of other clubs in the area that focus on different aspects of the sport.
We are not currently planning to run any more courses after our September one.
If you would like to be added to our mailing list to be alerted when the dates of our 2020 courses are published, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or again you can always come down to the club for a chat – Saturdays are best, around 4.30pm.